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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

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"I made my dream a reality."

Mo Brady

Bandstand ensemblist Jonathan Shew shares with us what it felt like to perform his understudy role of Donny Novitski for the first time this week.

Jonathan Shew

Jonathan Shew

"Ever since I was a kid, it was my dream to be a lead in a Broadway musical. This business is difficult and can seriously crush some dreams."

"On Wednesday, I made my dream a reality. I got to be in the leading role of Donny in Bandstand. For me, this was almost too good to be true. This past year, I've been very fortunate, and this was the icing."

"There was such a rush doing those two shows. And there was such a different energy between them. The first show was definitely a trial run in my mind and body. By 8pm, I definitely felt a calmness and a confidence that I could carry my load to the finish line, while enjoying every minute of it!"

"What made me feel most successful was the support of the entire cast and crew. They shoved with love, guided me, and aided in anything I needed. We have a great group led by Corey Cott and Laura Osnes. I had such a blast stepping into Corey's shoes for the day."

Jonathan Shew, backstage as Donny Novitski

Jonathan Shew, backstage as Donny Novitski

Hear from Jonathan's castmate Jessica Lea Patty on her Rehearsal Reports episodes. And you can connect with Jonathan here on Instagram.